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  1. The Man Who Lost His Head (New York Review Children's Collection)
    The Man Who Lost His Head (New York Review Children's Collection)
    The Man Who Lost His Head (New York Review Children's Collection)
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  2. The Man Who Lost His Head (New York Review Children's Collection)

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    Customer Ratings (33 reviews)
    Price R562.00

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It’s bad news when you wake up in the morning and find you’ve lost your head, especially if it’s an especially agreeable and handsome head, but there you go, such things happen. In any case, the man who loses his head in The Man Who Lost His Head isn’t about to grin (that is, if he could grin) and bear it. No, he’ll make himself a new one, and starting with a pumpkin and moving on to a parsnip and finally picking up a block of wood, he sets about getting it just right. Still, for all his efforts, it somehow isn’t right. It isn’t the head he had before. It turns out that only a brash bold boy can save the man who lost his head from losing it altogether.

Claire Huchet Bishop’s charming parable is illustrated by the great Robert McCloskey, whose books for children include One Morning in Maine, Blueberries for Sal, and the Caldecott Medal–winning Make Way for Ducklings.

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Claire Huchet Bishop
NYR Children's Collection
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NYR Children's Collection
NYR Children's Collection
NYR Children's Collection
NYR Children's Collection
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Usually if you remember a favorite story from childhood, when you read it years later as an adult you find yourself wondering what on earth you found so fascinating about it the first time. That isn't surprising if you think about it. Very few of us are who we were years ago.

But this story is still strange to me even after the years have passed. Looking over the pages I feel that same sense of ambivalence I had the first time - it is a story that veers between scary and hilarious. It's also very deep - there are a lot of things in it that I didn't catch as a child. Seeing those words with those pictures I remember is an eerie sensation. It still makes a good read - but I doubt you would find it in a modern elementary school library.

The story is "The Man Who Lost His Head." The author is Claire Hutchet Bishop; the illustrator is Robert McCloskey. The basic story is that a man wakes up one morning and discovers that his head is missing. He tries looking for it... Read more
I am delighted to find this book again!

I first saw it when Captain Kangaroo used it for a storytime back in the early 60s, then Mom brought it home from the library. Of course, it having been on TV gave it added "star appeal" for me, but it stood on its own.

Over the years, I've attempted to find "that funny book where the man used a parsnip for his head" and had no luck. Searching under McCloskey didn't help, even though I was *sure* it was his style of illustration. I was beginning to think I'd imagined the whole thing when I finally found it this year, and bought that sucker!

It's even better than I remembered.

There's a subtle cleverness in both Bishop's writing and McCloskey's illustration, as in our headless friend substituting a pumpkin head for a trip into town and the villagers telling him how well he looks, or when he's wearing his wooden head and a woodpecker is drawing a bead on him.

This is a... Read more
My 5-year old loves this story. I could do without the punching in the nose bit (where did that come from?) but it cracks my (otherwise gentle) daughter up. I've read this many times already. I like the repetition, the vocabulary and the illustrations. All excellent. Still shaking my head over the punch (why?), some authors just seem to have kept a foot in the realm of the kiddos.
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